Ammo managing partner Benedikt "Benny" Bohm is one of the best front-of-the-house professionals in L.A. Bohm also curates the 15-year-old restaurant’s wines, and the music, and both are notable for his eclectic choices.
What's your favorite wine region to visit? And do you have any secret spots there?
The Wachau on the banks of the Danube in Austria, just north of Vienna. Nikolaihof, the oldest wine estate in Austria, has a great wine tavern. They put out a great spread and also make those pickled walnuts, which I’ve only had at St. John’s in London. Wine has been made at the estate since Roman times and is documented from the 5th century. In 1971, it became the first certified biodynamic vineyard in Europe.
What's the sleeper on your list?
It’s the 2009 Kabaj Rebula (Ribolla Giallo) made just across the Italian border in Slovenia. It’s mellow and has this oxidized nose that I love. It’s one of the most unique wines I’ve ever tasted.
If you could encourage every customer to buy just one bottle, what would it be?
St. Joseph "Offerus" from the famous Jean-Louis Chave. It’s such an education in what Syrah should be, how elegant and soft-spoken it can be. I had it once at a restaurant where the food wasn’t that great but that wine saved the dinner. It was something to cling onto, like a path that carries you through your meal the way music can sometimes do. If a wine is right and strong enough, every sip puts you back on track again.